Reuters Highlights Flaws in SAT Security Overseas

March 29, 2016

A Reuters investigation found that the security of the SAT has been compromised in Asia much more frequently than the College Board, the nonprofit entity that owns the test, has publicly acknowledged.

An internal PowerPoint presentation obtained by the news agency showed that half of the 18 SAT tests in the College Board's inventory in June 2013 had been leaked to outside entities, in part or in full. The College Board confirmed to Reuters that it proceeded to use material from some of the compromised tests, though officials said that test questions were used in countries other than those where they were known to have circulated.

The investigation also highlights the security challenges caused by the College Board’s practice of reusing test questions and the ways in which a thriving test prep industry in Asia exploits this vulnerability. A College Board vice president told Reuters that the entity “would never move forward with a test administration … without the full confidence that we can maintain the integrity of the exam and deliver to our member colleges and universities valid scores.”

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